Segway Robotics Contributes to Robots Becoming Army Squad Members

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The article “U.S. Army foresees robots becoming squad members – Autonomous, bomb-sensing vehicles and personal robotic assistants could transform teams of soldiers written by Sharon Gaudin appeared in Computerworld’s July 25, 2013 issue. To follow is an excerpt.

 

 

"We’re looking at the vehicle being able to decide when to assume responsibility," said Greg Hudas, the Army’s chief engineer for ground vehicle robots. "We’re looking into the problem of the machine understanding the consciousness of humans. Are they drowsy or are they so intent on another task that if they take control of the vehicle, will it be dangerous? The interaction needs to be tightly coupled between the human and the machine."

To get some of the "smarts" into the robots, the Army is working with 5D Robotics Inc., a robotics software company, which in turn is working with DRS Technologies and Segway Inc. 5D said it is trying to integrate human behaviors into robots, such as robotic assistants that carry soldier’s packs or small wheeled robots the size of a big shoe box that can carry cameras into dangerous areas.

Jackie Fenn, an analyst with Gartner Inc. said, "I do like that notion of the robotic assistant. What work you can offload to robots is a very promising angle. But trust is critical. You really get that by having it work. When humans see that there are things they wouldn’t be able to do without a robot, that’s when the real change in thinking happens. If you can send a robot in to check out a building and keep a soldier back and safe, then that really adds value."

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Segway’s RMP440 LE Works with 5D Robotics’ Software to Lighten a Soldier’s Load

A recent collaboration between Rapid Equipping Force and the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence brought together solutions from  Segway RoboticsDRS Technologies and 5D Robotics to perform a comprehensive ‘lighten a soldier’s load’ evaluation at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The robot’s mission was to follow and keep up with a squad while transporting a heavy payload and navigating a lengthy distance of varied terrain.

The assessment tested the Segway® RMP (Robotics Mobility Platform) 440 LE’s ability to carry 200 pounds of critical equipment including soldiers’ packs, sandbags, food and water and the ability of 5D Robotics’ Behavior Engine™ software to direct the platform.

Segway’s RMP440 LE

Segway’s RMP440 LE is a rugged, all-terrain, four-wheel drive mobility platform. Its design empowers developers to easily integrate their own equipment on top of the platform and build a customized application to meet specific needs. Click here to download a spec sheet.

5D’s Behavior Engine or “Follow Me” Technology

5D’s “follow me” technology acknowledges that like humans, robots need assistance to find their way. Once a human empowers a robot, they are capable of executing a multitude of tasks reliably and effectively.

5D’s solution emphasizes rapid, reactive, biologically inspired behavioral responses as opposed to the GPS, mapping, planning and continuous communication relied on by competitive solutions. It uses an innovative intelligent tag approach to guide interaction between robots and humans as well as between robots and other vehicles or objects.

5D’s Safety Commitment

1. Robot motion should be fast, responsive and graceful

2. Robot motion should be predictable and reliable to engender trust

3. Robots should never touch the human body unless explicitly told to do so

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The Segway RMP440 LE was fully loaded with equipment and included a generator that could be used to charge soldiers’ equipment. Over the course of 9 hours, the robot successfully followed the squad as well as traversed 16 miles of varied terrain without additional fuel or battery power. In fact, the robot maintained 33% of its generator fuel and 50% of its battery life.

The Evaluation

Soldier evaluations noted that the robot kept up with the patrol throughout the mission, was easy to understand and natural to use. Soldiers also valued the robot’s ability to carry a considerable amount of heavy gear.

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Please click here to download a PDF of the article Keep on Running – 5D Robotics Tests Endurance Through Human-Robot Interaction Military Tests from 5D Robotics’ website.

Editorial Note

DRS Technologies’ Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) kit and systems integration with the Segway RMP440 LE was originally tested at Fort Benning during the JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge in June 2012. Click here  to view the blog post Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Pace in JIDDEO’s Endurance Challenge.

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Meet HERB — a Home Exploring Robotic Butler

HERB, the Home Exploring Robot Butler created by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, is the star of the latest video in Oreo’s ongoing “Cookie vs. Creme” campaign. HERB was built by integrating a Segway RMP 200 with additional robotic functions.

HERB is the research platform of the Personal Robotics Lab and is a testbed for algorithms, software and other technology that will enable robots to perform challenging manipulation tasks where people live and work.

These videos are behind-the-scenes looks at HERB and his creators, associate professor Siddhartha Srinivasa, Ph.D. student Jennifer King and project scientist Pras Velagapudi. Click here to read Carnegie Mellon University’s blog post and learn more.

For more info about research and development opportunities, please contact us. Click here to read a past blog post about HERB.

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Segway Announces Its Newest RMP — ARTI

Intro

ARTI is Segway’s latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. Its name (an abbreviation of the word ‘articulate’) was derived from the platform’s articulated steering method. ARTI is based on the same core propulsion and interface hardware that is standard in the rest of the RMP line, but was further developed by Segway’s engineers to become a functional prototype with exceptional capabilities.

Overview

The ARTI platform utilizes a two degree of freedom joint to permit roll and yaw rotation. This flexibility enables the platform to traverse aggressive terrain while continually maintaining four points of contact with the ground. It is the first Segway RMP platform that does not have the ability to turn in place. However, it does feature a 4.5 foot turning radius, which enables it to turn around in an area smaller than one lane of a standard road.

Capabilities

ARTI’s articulated steering enables it to carry heavier payloads over more aggressive terrain as compared to our similar sized skid-steer platforms. In fact, payload is now limited only by the structural load limits of the gearboxes, wheels and tires instead to being dictated by the torque required to overcome the friction forces associated with skid-steering. ARTI is capable of quietly traveling longer distances with more payload than any other four wheel platform Segway has ever developed.

Features

The platform leverages the latest RMP Central Controller Architecture, which allows simple and intuitive communication with the platform over Ethernet, CAN or USB. Users can set a variety of performance parameters including acceleration and deceleration rate limits as well as turning radius. An optional integrated auxiliary power module provides DC power for task specific sensors, radios and other equipment and payload items. ARTI’s batteries can be fully charged in less than 3 hours via Segway’s new RMP external fast charger.

Availability

Segway is currently taking orders for ARTI platforms. It is important to note that ARTI is a prototype and does not yet have the level of finish that our production released commercial models do. However, if customer demand warrants it — and we expect that it may — this prototype will likely become part of our standard RMP product line.

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Adaptive Mission Payload Solution Wins Second Place in JIEDDO’s Endurance Challenge

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On June 22, DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc. in partnership with Segway and 5D Robotics competed in the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization’s (JIEDDO’s) Endurance Challenge at Fort Benning, Georgia. JIEDDOis an entity of the U.S. Department of Defense focused on reducing and eliminating the effects of all forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used against U.S. and Coalition Forces.The team’s Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) comprised of the Segway RMP-X440, 5D Robotics software and DRS Adaptive Mission Payload (AMP) systems integration earned second place in the ‘Dismounted’ category with a speed of 7.83 km/hour.  While much faster speeds are possible, this demonstration was intentionally focused on executing a functional behavior.  The limiting factor for speed was how fast the human leader could run 8.85 km in 94 degree heat.  The team demonstrated an autonomous leader/follower capability over the entire course, which set a record for the longest leader/follower behavior recorded by JIEDDO.

“Segway was honored to work with DRS and to take part in this Endurance Challenge,” said Al Kisler, Defense Strategy Advisor, Segway Inc. “The performance of the AMP solution speaks for itself.”

To view the official results of the JIEDDO 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Endurance Challenge in their entirety, please click here.  For additional information on DRS’ AMP, please click here.

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Demand Grows for Live-Fire Robotic Targets

 

RMP Marathon Targets Australia’s Marathon Targets plans to more than double the number of live-fire moving trainers for the Australian Army by the end of the year.

Marathon’s systems are developed on both the Segway RMP 200 and RMP 400.

The objective is to train soldiers to shoot live ammunition at human-like moving targets before heading into actual combat situations.

  • Would you like to know more? Check out the full article on The Marine Corps Times.
  • Download Marathon’s Smart Target Spec Sheet
  • Watch Marathon’s Smart Target Videos
  • For more information on Segway’s full line of Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs), please contact us.

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Manu Systems AG® To Resell Segway® Inc.’s Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs) in Europe

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Segway Inc. recently brought on Manu Systems AG, located in Regensburg Germany, as a European reseller of its Robotics Mobility Platforms (RMPs).  Manu Systems AG is well known as one the region’s leading value-added resellers of robotic hand systems, humanoid robots and other robotics mobility systems.

“We are pleased to be working with Segway. Our mission is to provide a one-stop shopping experience for service robotics researchers,” said Marco Reichel, Chairman of the Management Board, Manu Systems. “Our offering of Segway’s RMPs has been very well received by the European research market.”

Manu Systems AG currently offers Segway’s RMP 50 Omni and 50 XL, RMP 200 and 200 ATV, RMP 400, 400 Omni and RMP 440. For more information on these platforms, please visit Manu Systems AG’s website or contact the company by phone: +49 941 9459 280 or e-mail.

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Segway Inc. Celebrates 10 Years of ‘Simply Moving’

The Company has grown, changed and is poised for continued global expansion

In December, 2001 the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT), the world’s first and only electric, two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device was unveiled on Good Morning America. In 2002, the PT became available to customers and a remarkable, new transportation alternative was born.

Since that time, Segway has earned a global presence, is well-known as the world’s leading provider of personal, green transportation alternatives and robotics mobility platforms and will be celebrating its 10 year milestone anniversary throughout 2012! The Company’s flagship product, the PT, continues to be the heart of the business and development of a new model is well underway. However, Segway has also expanded its business further into international, robotics, public safety and tourism markets.

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Global Growth

In the last several years, Segway’s global presence has grown substantially and its expansion continues.

Europe, Middle East and Africa
These three markets are currently home to a strong and growing network of 49 distributors. The region employs a strategy of marketing the PT as a tool to support businesses, public safety and tourism markets. Nearly 95% of sales are attributed to business-to-business relationships. The region is also fully supported by a service center in Munich, Germany.

Asia Pacific
Segway has aggressively tackled this market by revamping its Asia Pacific territory and adding new distributors. In 2010, Segway opened a service center in Singapore to support the growing region. The approach to developing the Company’s presence in APAC is hands-on and significant growth is expected in 2012.

Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP)

Segway is one of the world’s leading developers of electric propulsion platforms for ground robotics applications. The comprehensive RMP product line includes both two and four wheeled platforms available in a variety of configurations. Each uses advanced PT-based technology and boasts quiet, clean and efficient operation with unmatched versatility, durability and performance.

Segway RMPs are used by academia, research laboratories and robotics integrators across the globe. Segway’s robust electric propulsion system coupled with a flexible user interface results in an open architecture transportation platform for sensors, manipulators and other payloads which suit the needs of a growing number of robotics programs and products.

Chris Crimmins, Applications Sales Engineer, said “The distinct competitive advantage of Segway’s robotic mobility platforms is that we design and produce a wide range of open architecture platforms with a level of flexibility that many other manufacturers simply can not offer.”

Segway PT Tours

The concept of touring on a Segway PT is not new. However, adding the tourism market to the Company’s business model is. In 2010, Segway launched a new division dedicated to developing Company run tours. Today, nearly a dozen tours are operating throughout the U.S. and Canada and that number is expected to grow. The distinct competitive advantages of Segway Inc. tours:

▪ As the product’s manufacturer, our staff has the expertise to assure a comprehensive product orientation.

▪ They offer the very best tour content because the team works with historical associations and like organizations to develop interesting and informative subject matter.

▪ As safety is a top priority, Segway implements strict guidelines to ensure a smooth glide and a safe experience. Comprehensive riding instruction is provided and helmets are required.

▪ Segway Tour locations have access to the very latest product information and training techniques.

▪ They offer a small guide-to-glider ratio and provide more personal attention.

“We are excited to be in the tour business and offer people a fun way to experience our product while taking in the sights,” said Monique Apter, Vice President of Sales – Americas. “We plan to continue to expand this year to several select areas in the U.S. and Canada.”

The Segway Patroller

Officers working in all areas of public safety have an immense amount of responsibility. To be as effective as possible, they require enhanced visibility and mobility – enter the Segway Patroller. Segway PTs have been deployed in more than 1,200 police departments and public safety organizations across the globe.

In 2011, Segway launched its ‘Patrolling Across America’ program. The 9-month mobile campaign logged 36,000 miles and visited more than 120 police departments in 39 states. Officers were trained, provided PTs to evaluate and educated on multiple procurement programs.

“Taking a hands-on approach with public safety agencies, offering them the opportunity to learn more about the product, train with it and evaluate it in their own environment was invaluable,” said Jamie Marsh, National Accounts Manager. “We expect demand for the Patroller to continue to grow both domestically and internationally.”

SEGWAY IN 2012 AND BEYOND

“It’s exciting to be celebrating the growth and success of Segway at the 10 year mark. We’ve experienced many challenges over the years. However, we’ve remained focused on moving forward, being innovative, advancing technology, developing products, expanding our target markets and earning a global presence,” said Wayne Mitchell, CEO. “This year, we’ll reflect on all that has been achieved in a decade knowing we are poised for continued expansion in 2012 and beyond.”

To learn more about Segway Inc., please read our Company Milestones!

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Thank You For Your Attendance at AUVSI

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Dear AUVSI Attendee,

We would like to thank you for your attendance at the 2011 AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America Expo.  We appreciate your visit to our booth to learn how Segway Inc.’s unmanned ground vehicle solutions can support your specific needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Segway RMP robot platforms please visit: http://rmp.segway.com.

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Thanks again if you stopped by our booth at AUVSI 2011!

If you would like to contact Segway Inc. directly, please call 866-4SEGWAY or email rmp@segway.com.

Thank you,

Segway Robotics

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See you at AUVSI

AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2011
16-19 August 2011
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC, USA

With over 450+ exhibitors and 6,500+ attendees, this is the Unmanned Systems show to be at! There are representatives from over 30+ countries, which will have many indoor demonstration areas for air, ground and maritime vehicles. In addition, there will be over 150 technical, workshop, panel, and poster presentations.

Visit Segway Robotics at booth 1612

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Segway RMP robot platforms incorporate Segway’s patented propulsion system technologies to provide UGVs with unmatched speed, power, and durability. Designed for easy integration by developers and integrators, Segway RMPs are available in both two and four wheeled configurations.

To learn more about Segway Robotics or request a quote on one of Segway’s unmanned ground systems, please visit: http://rmp.segway.com/

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